Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Who benefits?

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 14 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4207
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    I stood up to say my bit. “What about Thatcher stopping the link between benefits and earnings? She’s made the poorest poorer.” The eyes of the Tory party parliamentary candidate narrowed. My classmates rolled their eyes, but I was unabashed in my socialist views. “That’s Mrs Thatcher to you, boy,” the candidate replied. I was a cliche of originality, with my spotty face, mullet haircut, army surplus jacket, and collection of bags with left wing slogans and bands.

    The party conference season has just finished. I watched …

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